Kids First Boat Engineer


Thames & Kosmos Kids First Boat Engineer

Read the funny story of two inquisitive young engineers, Ty and Karlie, and their family’s robots, Huxley and Remus. Build simple models of the boats they encounter in the story. The boats actually float on water, making for fun and easy experiments around the sink or bathtub.

The Boat Engineer story centers around Huxley and Remus. Their boat-building adventure starts when a robotic fish they are testing goes haywire and swims away uncontrollably. Huxley and Remus build a rowboat in their effort to catch up with and capture the robotic fish. They find the rowboat is too slow, so they build a fanboat to go faster. As the story continues, the robots make their way downstream and eventually out to the ocean. Along the way, they must build new boats to solve specific problems and perform tasks. They build a sailboat, riverboat, speedboat, fireboat, tugboat, freighter, catamaran, and a hydroplane.

From each humorous segment of their silly adventure, the robots learn something new about boats. As you follow the story, you can build models of the ten boats featured in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together.

This 52-piece science kit combined with the beautifully illustrated storybook provides an engaging way to teach simple engineering concepts to preschool-age kids. Start laying the groundwork for strong STEM related skills and comprehension. This kit helps develop fine motor skills, science and math skills, visual-spatial skills, and reasoning and concept development skills.

The Thames & Kosmos Boat Engineer is a great way to spark curiosity about boats, engineering, and how things work while promoting the development of essential cognitive and motor skills in a playful and engaging manner.

  • Early STEM exposure: Kids get introduced to core STEM concepts like buoyancy, propulsion, and basic boat design. Building different boats allows them to see how these principles influence how a boat functions on water.
  • Fine motor skills development: The large, colorful pieces are easy for small hands to manipulate, which helps improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • Spatial reasoning: Following the instructions and putting the boat pieces together encourages kids to think spatially and visualize the final model in 3D.
  • Problem-solving: If a boat doesn't float well or seems unbalanced, children can experiment with different configurations to improve its performance, fostering early problem-solving skills.
  • Learning through play: The included storybook with robot characters adds a fun narrative to the building process, making learning about boats more engaging for young children.


  • Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner 2017
  • Featured in Purdue University’s Engineering Gift Guide for 2017

Ages: 3 to 7 years

  • Experiments: 10
  • Piece Count: 52
  • Manual Pages: 32
  • Batteries Required: N/A

Made in Taiwan

    WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.